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UPDATE: Man charged with killing estranged mother-in-law in Lynchburg

Published On: Dec 20 2012 04:20:49 PM EST   Updated On: Jun 04 2013 10:56:23 AM EDT
UPDATE: Man charged with killing estranged mother-in-law in Lynchburg

A Lynchburg grand jury has indicted a man on charges of killing his estranged mother-in-law.

Scott Christman Miles is charged with first degree murder for the death of Lynda Slocum.  Miles is from Henrico County and is married to Slocum's daughter.

Slocum, 86, was found dead inside her home on Ravenwood Drive in Lynchburg on December 20, 2012.  Police had been questioning Miles as a "person of interest" in relation to Slocum's death.

Police are transporting Miles from the Richmond area to the Lynchburg Adult Detention Center.


Original story from December 21

The suspicious death of an 86-year-old Lynchburg woman has been ruled a murder.

Investigators found Lynda Slocum’s body inside her home at 2927 Ravenwood Drive after doing a welfare check on her Thursday. Slocum had not been seen since Wednesday.

Investigators with the Lynchburg Police Department believe that someone broke into Slocum’s home and killed her. Her death was ruled as a homicide Friday morning.

Slocum is remembered as a talented athlete who loved to golf.  Her friend Susan Morris, who owns the Oakwood Country Club, played golf with her for more than 30 years.

"We would play a lot of tournaments together, against each other unfortunately," Morris said with a smile.  "I never liked golfing against her.  She had a wonderful short game.  One of the greatest putters I know."

Morris was planning to visit her friend when she learned of her death.

"I had a loaf of bread that I was planning to take by yesterday for her," said Morris.  "It was on my little list of things to do.  Bread for Lynda"

That gesture is something Slocum would often do for others.

"She was the kind of person that would anonymously leave sourdough bread at your door, with usually strawberry jelly," Morris said.

She always wanted to help others, but never wanted the limelight.  Morris says she lived life with boundless energy, right up until her final days.

"I was just a better person, because Lynda was a friend of mine," said Morris.  "She allowed me to see living life to the fullest."

Slocum has been living alone since her husband died earlier this year.

No suspects have been identified, but detectives are asking that if anyone has seen suspicious vehicles or people in the area on Wednesday to call 434-455-6054.


Lynchburg police are investigating a death in the city.

Lynchburg police Captain John Sweeney tells WDBJ7 officers responded to a home in the 2900 block of Ravenwood Drive Thursday night. They found a body there.

Right now, the area around the home is blocked off with crime scene tape. Officers are still trying to figure out what happened.

Investigators hope to release more information later Thursday evening.

Keep checking for updates.